Action Alert: Make Calls on Key Bills at Legislature

Stand up for your rights! Call your State Legislators TODAY!

We need calls on these 3 bills to be voted on tomorrow and Wed. within Committee, but with no opportunity for comment.

Calling is better as it’s so crazy this week…make sure folks remember to give name, address, for or against, and maybe a sentence on why. It also ties up the phone with our message.

OPPOSE SB 957- KILLING CONTESTED CASE PROCESS in Senate Natural Resources by Fraser (committee chair), to be voted out TUESDAY:

Call on SB 957 before Wed. to ALL Committee Members:

This bill is on its 4th substitute. Basically, it still guts the contested case hearing process with narrow timelines and a very restrictive process. Contested case hearings are a vital process by which citizens/municipalities, etc. can dispute or improve a permit for any dirty industry, be it a landfill, cement kiln, dirty power plant, etc. These cases are only used less than 2% of the time at our environmental agency, the TCEQ, to either kill/or improve a permit. Tell them to leave the process the way it was– leave the process alone– and kill this bill.

On SB 957, calls to these NATURAL RESOURCES members before TUESDAY:
Troy Fraser, Chair, (Horseshoe Bay), 512.463.0124
Craig Estes, Vice Chair (Wichita Falls), 512.463.0130
Kevin Eltife, (Tyler), 512.463.0101
Bob Deuell, 512.463.0102
Robert Duncan, (Lubbock) 512.463.0128
Rodney Ellis, (Houston) 512.463.0113
Glenn Hegar,(Katy), 512.463.0118
Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, (McAllen), 512.463.0120
Robert Nichols (Jacksonville), 512.463.0103
Kel Seliger (Amarillo), 512.463.0131
Carlos Uresti (San Antonio), 512.463.0119


2 BILLS in ENERGY RESOURCES to be VOTED OUT- Support HB 448- Deny HB 2828

A) SUPPORT HB 448 – Aiding Citizens in Right-to-Know on fracking
B) OPPOSE HB 2828– Stripping cities of their right to have drilling/fracing ordinances.

House Bill 448 by Representative Dawnna Dukes is a simple bill about promoting a surrounding landowner’s right to information about hydraulic fracturing. House Bill 448 will require that:

An operator send notice via US mail to all landowners located within 500 feet that will state that the operator has been given a permit to drill and that the operator intends to use the hydraulic fracturing treatment.

The notice must be mailed not later than the 15th day after the date the permit to drill is issued.

The notice will include information that chemicals used to frack the well will be posted on FracFocus website.

House Bill 2828 by Representative Dale would strip our right to pass local fracking regulations.

From Calvin Tillman:

I wanted to make everyone aware of Texas House Bill 2828, which would essentially remove a municipality’s ability to regulate ANY aspect of the natural gas pipeline industry. This would include above ground appurtenances such as compressors and treating equipment. This bill is being labeled as preventing each town from implementing different safety standard on pipelines; however, if you read the bill listed below it clearly states that it will preempt “any ordinance“, “relating to any aspect or phase of the gas pipeline industry“. Furthermore, municipalities have been preempted from implementing safety standards on pipeline companies for decades.

A bank of compressor stations the size of the ones located in DISH, could and would be located wherever the natural gas industry wanted it to be, and there would be nothing that your local government could do to prevent it or even mitigate it.

This would also prevent municipalities from enforcing noise or odor ordinances. Therefore, it is critical that we take action immediately. This bill will be voted on in the Energy Resource Committee by Wednesday April 17, 2013; this has to be stopped. Below are the members of this committee, please make as many phone calls as possible, and share this with as many lists as you can. If you live in the Barnett Shale or any other shale play, your life will be permanently altered if you do not take action on this bill.

Below is the original bill and attached is a committee sub that is a little bit better, but is just as bad. Please call each representative listed below, whether you live in their district or not and tell them you oppose House Bill 2828, if they try to explain that this bill only applies to safety standards, simple ask them what do they define as “all municipal ordinances”. I do not reach out very often like this, so I hope you realize the urgency of this situation. Please call the numbers below, and pass this message on to as many people as possible.

Call these House Energy Resources before WEDNESDAY’s vote in Committee:
Committee Chair, Jim Keffer, (Eastland), 512.463-0656
Myra Crownover, (Denton), 512.463.0582
Lon Burnam, (Ft. Worth) 512. 463.0740
Terry Canales, (Edinburg), 512.463.0426
Tony Dale- author, (Cedar Park), 512.463.0696 (where no drilling happens)
Phil King (Bill Co-Sponsor-Weatherford), (512) 463-0738
J.M. Lozano (Kingsville), 512.463.0463
Chris Paddie (Marshall),512.463.0556
Ralph Sheffield, (Temple), 512.463.0630
Gene Wu, (Houston), 512.463.0492

You do not need to call Lon Burnam or Gene Wu on HB 448 as they support it already.

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